USGS geologist chairs discussion of issues facing Department of Defense installations in the Pacific and Arctic

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At the request of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP), USGS geologist Curt Storlazzi chaired a session at a conference on issues affecting DoD installations.

The Strategic Environmental Research and Development Program (SERDP) and Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) Symposium took place in Washington, D.C., November 28–30. Storlazzi chaired the session Pacific and Arctic Environments—Unique Importance and Challenges, opening it with an invited overview talk. The session highlighted SERDP projects working to better understand how environmental factors affect DoD built and natural resources, and how climate change is projected to impact operations, infrastructure, freshwater availability, and ecosystems. Storlazzi leads the USGS project Impact of Sea-Level Rise and Climate Change on Pacific Ocean Atolls that House Department of Defense Installations.


Image: Coral reefs, Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands
Aerial photograph of Kwajalein Atoll showing its low-lying islands and coral reefs.
(Credit: Thomas Reiss, Pacific Coastal and Marine Science Center. Public domain.)